Preparing for the Summer Food Service Program

Hunger doesn’t get a summer vacation. That’s why DECAL’s goal is to ensure that every child in Georgia has access to nutrition through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). This goal cannot be accomplished without the help of our sponsors all across the state!

We will be hosting several information sessions in March to create awareness of SFSP, especially in our targeted counties. If you know an organization that would be interested in becoming a sponsor, or you would like to expand your program to include additional sites, please contact Cindy Kicklighter at (404) 656-3221, or via email at

In accordance with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Nutrition Services policy memorandum, SP 15-2018, CACFP 12-2018, SFSP 05-2018 – Child Nutrition Program Waiver Request Guidance and Protocol-Revised, May 24, 2018, the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) is seeking a waiver of statutory and/or regulatory Program requirements that were recently rescinded.

Two waiver requests were submitted to the USDA FNS Southeast Regional Office (SERO) for the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). DECAL has requested continued use of waivers involving:

(1) Area Eligibility in Closed, Enrolled Sites (7 CFR § 225.2); and
(2) Meal Time Restrictions (7 CFR § 225.16).